LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — President Barack Obama has to answer tough questions on a daily basis.
On Friday afternoon, one of them was: six inch or twelve inch?
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took an impromptu stroll to the Taylor Gourmet deli on Pennsylvania Avenue for lunch, and Obama commended the eatery for offering a 10 percent discount and a free dessert to workers who have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.
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“That, I think, is, you know, an indication of how ordinary Americans look out for each other and aren’t obsessed with politics and aren’t trying to extract concessions out of each other,” he told members of the media who were also at the shop. “They just try to make sure that everybody’s doing their job and that we’re doing what’s best for the country. And right now, the House of Representatives has the opportunity to do the exact same thing.”
Obama re-stressed some points he made during a Thursday morning speech in Rockville, Md.
“This furlough, or shutdown, could be over today. We know there are the votes for it in the House of Representatives. If Speaker Boehner would simply allow that vote to take place, we could end this shutdown, a whole bunch of families not just here in Washington but all across the country will have the certainty that a paycheck will be coming, that they’ll be able to make their mortgage, that they’ll be able to pay their expenses, that they’ll be able to look after their families.”
Obama urged Congress to reopen the government, pay America’s bills and take their cues from the sandwich shop owners, who he said are “making sure that everybody is being treated fairly and properly.”
While Obama also noted that he has offered to negotiate with Republicans, there was one thing he wasn’t negotiating about Friday — the lunch bill.
“I’m paying for Joe so don’t take his money,” he told a worker behind the counter.
Vice President Biden ordered the “9th Street,” an Italian sub, and Obama ordered the “Race Street,” featuring roasted turkey, prosciutto, pesto and mozzarella cheese.